Govt to purchase unsold produce from farmers
By Thameenah Razeek
Cabinet approval has been granted to purchase unsold stocks of vegetables and fruits from farmers, recognising the tremendous economic difficulty that small, medium, and large scale farmers are experiencing as a result of the travel restrictions.
Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking at the weekly Cabinet Media briefing yesterday (8), said farmers are facing challenges owing to the destruction of their products, particularly vegetables and fruits, due to the difficulty to transport and trade as usual.
He also mentioned that consumers are facing a shortage of vegetables and fruits at a reasonable price. This proposal was tabled by the Minister of Agriculture.
According to the rates set by the District Price Committee, the programme would allow to purchase stocks of vegetables and fruits that could not be sold due to travel restrictions by the District Secretaries/ Government Agents.
The decision will also allow the COVID-19 Treatment Centres, all Government Hospitals, Tri-Forces, Displaced Camps, and families who have lost their livelihoods to receive the purchased vegetables and fruits free of charge until the travel restrictions are lifted.